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FAMILY MATTERS INC

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Partners in Learning is an after-school, one-to-one tutor/mentoring program. Over the course of the school year, pairs of youth in grades 1 through 12 and adult volunteer tutor/mentors meet for weekly 90-minute sessions. Deep relationships are formed, and many pairs remain together year after year. Great care is taken in creating these partnerships to match the personalities and interests of the youth and the tutor/mentor.

Partners in Learning is led by Brooke Turner, the Director of Partners in Learning; Devon Lovell, Family Matters’ Director of Education; and Carolina Patino, Family Matters' Youth & Family Specialist. Individualized lesson plans developed for each youth factor in age, academic levels, and personal interests and goals. In addition to the one-to-one work, pairs come together for monthly science experiments or art projects, twice yearly sharing circles, and (new this year) two "first-time-experience" field trips.

Expectations of tutor/mentors

  • Commit to a full academic year of weekly tutoring (90-minute sessions), September-June.
  • Attend two tutor/mentor support workshops annually. Topics may include:
    • CPS 101: Understanding Chicago Public Schools
    • Navigating College Applications: FAFSA, Scholarships, and the Common Application
    • Microaggressions and Cultural Competency
    • Healing-Centered Learning: Support for Youth Surviving Trauma and Sensory Disorders
  • Complete the Family Matters Principles of Leadership training by your second tutor/mentoring year. (PoL training is a 16-hour curriculum covering our signature communication and leadership tenets.)
  • Collaborate with PL staff to complete program and participant evaluations three times per year.

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About FAMILY MATTERS INC

Location:

7731 N MARSHFIELD AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60626, US

Mission Statement

Family Matters partners with youth, families, and communities to cultivate a way of living in the world that develops strong relationships, meaningful communication, and safe environments for courageous social change. We seek to build an equitable society for all.

Description

Family Matters is a youth development and community leadership non-profit organization based in the North of Howard community of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Family Matters partners with youth, families, and communities to cultivate a way of living in the world that develops strong relationships, meaningful communication, and safe environments for courageous social change. We seek to build an equitable society for all.

Family Matters began as a single program born from the vision of working parents seeking a safe place for their children to go after school. Established as a grassroots effort by, and for, families in 1987, Family Matters has developed into a neighborhood anchor that offers a range of year-round, community-driven programs and activities.

Today, Family Matters partners with more than 1,000 individuals annually, with approximately 130 involved in daily programming. Our three primary initiatives are Youth Development, including Project RISE, our teen job training/leadership development program and Partners in Learning tutor/mentoring; The Family Matters School, our cooperative microschool with a focus on providing cutting-edge experiential learning for children who have sensory issues and/or are surviving complex trauma; and Community Engagement, our activities for the larger community.


Children & Youth
Community
Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

7731 North Marshfield AvenueChicago, IL 60626

(42.02208,-87.67158)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 90 minutes once a week during the school year (September - June)

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